As we age, joint problems become more common. During menopause, many women experience joint stiffness, aches and pains. Homeopathy can help those problems.
Any of your joints can be affected, from little joints such as fingers and toes, right up to the big joints such as hips and knees.

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Why do we get joint problems during menopause?
There are several causes of joint pain during menopause, including:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Weight gain
  • Diet
  • Poor posture
  • Increased pain sensitivity.
  • Falling oestrogen levels are thought to be one of the main causes of joint pain during menopause. As we reach menopause, levels of oestrogen in our bodies begin to drop. Oestrogen is responsible for regulating fluid levels in the body; therefore, if levels of this hormone are low, the body becomes less able to hold water, affecting the hydration and lubrication of the joint tissues, including the cartilage, ligaments and tendons. The progesterone and testosterone levels are dropping as well, and the ratio between these three hormones is important for our health.
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In my own practice, I have used Rhus tox, Ruta, Bryonia, Kali carb, Pulsatilla, Sepia, to mention a few for different joint problems cases with success.

Homeopathic remedies for joint problems

Pain that moves unpredictably from one joint to another suggests a need for this remedy. The hips and knees are often affected, and pain may be felt in the heels. Symptoms are worse from warmth and better from cold applications and open air. A person who needs this remedy often is moody and changeable and usually wants a lot of attention and comforting.

Rhus tox.
The greatest rigidity and pain is experienced on first moving the joints after rest and on waking up in the morning. After the joints are moved for a while, the pain is lessened. ”With Rhus, restlessness is due to the pain and soreness temporarily improved by movement or a nervous internal uneasiness which makes the patient want to be on the move when there is no particular pain present. ”(Nash)

Arthritis with a feeling of great stiffness and lameness, worse from cold and damp, and worse from exertion often is relieved by this remedy. Tendons and the capsules of the joints may be affected. Arthritis may have developed after overuse from repeated wear and tear.

Calc Phos
Stiffness and soreness of the joints, worse from drafts and cold, may be relieved by this remedy. Aching in the bones and tiredness are common, and the person feels worse from exertion. Calcium deposits or bone-spurs may develop, especially in the neck. A feeling of dissatisfaction and a strong desire for travel or a change of circumstances are often seen in individuals who need this remedy.

The pains are stitching in nature and are aggravated by motion. The patient feels better when at rest. The joints are red and swollen, with tearing and stitching pains. The patient feels worse in warmth and warm weather and is better by lying on the painful side or by pressure and by cold. The patient is dehydrated and feels thirsty.

Kalmia Latifolia

Pains sticking, darting, pressing, shooting in a downward direction, attended or succeeded by numbness of affected part. In cases of Rheumatism: pains intense, change places suddenly going from joint to joint; joint hot, red, swollen; worse from least movement.

Ruta Graveolens (Ruta)

Ruta is useful for rheumatic and connective tissue problems, especially following chronic overuse, strain, or injury of joints or tendons. The person complains of soreness and stiffness, sometimes of the whole body. Rising from a chair may be difficult, and the affected joint feels like it will “give way”. Pain and stiffness are worsened by cold, damp weather and lying on the affected part. Better for warmth and gentle movement.



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